He noted that the exhibition of some level of seriousness and commitment would help attract investors and tourists to the Metropolis.
Dr Sarpong was addressing a durbar of chiefs and stakeholders in Cape Coast at the launch of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Oguaa Fetu Afahye themed Celebrating Oguaaman, past achievement and the way forward.
In a speech read on his behalf, Dr Sarpong noted that due to the hard work of the past generation, Cape Coast became the first capital town of the then Gold Coast.
He described Cape Coast as the cradle of education, the epicenter of evolution of Judicial System, the heartbeat of tourism, the base of initial agitation of self-rule in the country, as well as the genesis of sports in Ghana.
He said despite the achievements, the town was still grappling with challenges notably, the slow pace of development of the Metropolis, creation of job opportunities for the youth, poor sanitation, school drop outs, teenage pregnancy, cyber fraud and inadequate socio-economic infrastructure.
Dr Sarpong urged the Metropolitan Assembly, Oguaa Traditional Council and all stakeholders to brainstorm and come out with pragmatic strategies to help build the metropolis and raise its image to the admiration of the outside world.
He encouraged the youth to erase the erroneous perception that there was nothing good in Cape Coast and urged them to endeavour to build their capacities in order to fit into the present global market, adding that, the development of the Metropolis should be seen as their paramount responsibility.
The out-going minister congratulated the Chiefs and people for holding on to the heritage of Oguaaman, as well as ensuring that the Oguaa Fetu Afahye maintained its true essence for which it was instituted.
The Mayor of Cape Coast, Ms Priscilla Arhin recalled how vibrant the Metropolis was some years back, and appealed to people who acquired education in the Metropolis to contribute their quota to the development of the area.
She said development of the town was incumbent on the present generation and therefore urged people of Cape Coast to eschew negative attitudes including backbiting, gossip, drunkenness and rekindle the spirit of togetherness to protect the legacy left by past heroes.
The Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, who presided called on natives of Cape Coast both in Ghana and the Diaspora to join in the celebration and the development of the town, which held a special place in the history of the country and Africa.